Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Oh be careful little eyes what you see..."

As a parent I try my best to protect my child from things I know will affect his little mind. My son loves action. I started to allow him to watch some shows that had more "guy stuff" going on then say, Sesame Street and Caillou. It was sad that he was losing interest in those shows of his youth:). But then when I took an extra look I found that the overall theme of these new shows were too mature for my guy. As far as three year olds go, I think he is pretty mature....but I was allowing him to watch something that was not appropriate. I don't want to be an over-protective parent. That leads to other problems...which is for another post:)...but I also don't want to be responsible for allowing my little guy to see and hear things that could cause him to grow up too quickly.The innocence of a child is so precious. Far too often  I sit next to a young child in a R rated movie. It breaks my heart. I am sure this is how God feels when we as adults see or hear something we shouldn't.

I love that Sunday School classic..."Oh be careful little eyes what you see...For the Father up above is looking down in love...". I know I sometimes feel that as an adult I don't have to guard my heart or mind anymore. I can watch whatever I want...say whatever I want...because I am an adult...right??? That couldn't be further from the truth. As a follower of Christ, we are continually reminded to guard our hearts( Proverbs 4:23.."Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life".)There are things that we should never see or hear even as adults. They really do have an affect on us...not at just that moment but for a lifetime.Proverbs 22:5 "In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them." Stay away!!! Beware!!!

 I hope I am not coming across judgmental. I have been struggling with this concept for awhile. I have had to turn down many a movie offers because I knew that it would do me no good to watch. Now, I am not saying that I have not seen a bad movie. The damage is done. But, I want to encourage you all( all 14 of you) to take a moment and ask yourself what good will this movie or book do for me. It may give you a laugh or two...provide you with some enjoyment or a little break from the kiddos...but it also is filling your mind with things that are of this world and do nothing for your walk with Christ. If your walk is important to you...I say protect yourself. I look like a prude time and time again to many of my friends. For so long I felt bad about it...but guess what, my thoughts were so much more pure than they are now that I have given in a few times(my own doing...not anyone's fault but mine) and watched something I knew was no good. 

It is getting harder and harder to watch anything that doesn't have something inappropriate in it. So just as you protect your children...protect yourself. They are watching you more than you know. If mommy and daddy talk about things that are good and pleasing to God it will be placed upon their hearts to do the same.

I read two blogs that really expressed better than I could how I feel. Below are the links.....

*****This posts will replace my Weigh In Wednesday because it was my birthday and I treated myself to lots of things that were not on my diet and I am afraid to weigh myself and I am going back on my diet starting tomorrow...I promise!!!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Weigh In Wednesday

This will be my last post I do as a twenty something!!!! Tomorrow I turn the big 3-0. It is bittersweet....mostly bitter. I am not one who looks forward to getting older. I know you grow more wise and yada yada also grow more gray hair and wrinkles and fat. I think I felt like I had wasted my "good years"being fat and that is why getting older was depressing. But...things are looking up...well actually down...10 pounds down to be exact:). 

This past week my diet hasn't been just hasn't been great. My veggie intake has lowered and I have started to eat dairy and gluten here and there. I did reach my 10 pound goal so I am super excited about that.  I did not work out once!!!! seems like the eating healthy part is easier than working out. I am sure in time I will get in the daily routine of working out. So, my goal is still to work out 3 times a week to start and my next goal is to lose 5 more pounds by the end of the month. 

Tomorrow I may indulge in some kind of scares me though. I haven't had any in 3 weeks. So I may just have a bite of bday cake. No need to over indulge...and cause myself to go into shock on my bday!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Weigh In Wednesday

I know...I know it is Thursday. I thought about posting all day yesterday...but I just didn't wanna!!!! Mainly because I have hit a plateau in my weight loss. For 4 days last week I weighed the exact same! Now, I was happy I didn't gain but seriously! I wanted to hit my goal of 10 pounds in two weeks. That didn't happen...but as of this morning I am at minus 9:) So, I will take it. I have to say I realized I wasn't drinking as much water as I was in week one. I had also not been eating as much and as many veggies. So, I know what I have to do.

I think the fact that I am turning 30 is looming over me as well. It is a bit depressing. I already feel myself getting older. Mainly mentally. People are really bothering me. So...I have been staying away. That really has nothing to do with getting older that is really my hormones that apparently are super out of whack! I think now that I am eating better that I am really aware of all my imbalances. I am certain that sugar has been the main cause of my ailments and my hormones. I immediately got a migraine when it was "that time". I always thought that might be the cause and now that I have had no sugar..dairy(ok I did have a little) and gluten(might of had a tortilla) I am certain it is the hormones...or maybe that small amount of dairy and gluten messed me up??? Anyways, I am trying to be better about taking my vitamins right now too. That really helps. I currently take 1 multi-vitamin, 2 magnesium/calcium tablets, 1 CoQ10 and 1 Fish oil capsule a day.

Overall, I have much more anxiety has been flaring up lately...but I think that is due to my under eating...causing my blood sugar to drop. This weeks goal is to get in at least 3 days of cardio. That is not a whole lot but is a huge step for me. Eat Well...Feel Well....that was my attempt at being inspirational:).

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Oh Happy Day!

Could it finally be...that we have a potty trained 3 year old in the house???!!! WooWoo. So I totally hate potty training. Mainly because it involves perseverance, patience, pee and poop. All of which stink. At about 18 months Shane showed interest in sitting on the pot. I was like oh yeah, this is going to be a breeze. He is just going to sit there and pee all by himself. Then I was like...wait aren't boys suppose to stand??? Being so small I thought sitting would work better...but it didn't really matter because it wasn't happenin'! I quickly learned that this was something he had to do on his own terms. I have friends who start potty training at a few months...some that start at 1...2...but by now I felt that I had failed as a Mama. He would never get into Preschool...I would have to home school him because he would be 5 still wearing diapers...but where would I find diapers big enough??? He was already in the largest size....would I have to buy Depends? These are the random thoughts that sped through my mind. 

I realized that I always started to train him on the weekends. Since I had no work I thought that was best. But in reality we always had some where to go and it was just not working. I am home all day...doing it during the week when I can't leave home would definitely work out better. So, this week I made it a point to really try and to not be lazy...because consistency is the key. Scott happened to come home and say that he really wanted to make this the week we really work on the potty training. So we were both on board.

 I have about 15 diapers left and I am sooo done with diapers. The best advice I did receive was to wait until they are ready...although I thought that may be a few years from now. He finally has spent the whole day with no diaper and has gone to the restroom like 30 times(not an exaggeration). So, now the test is to see how he does through the night. We aren't 100 percent there but he is growing up so fast. I mean the kid is peeing in the pot and chewing gum without swallowing it. S-l-o-w down! It is exciting and sad at the same time. Those diapers were the last little part of his baby phase. Most would think this would be the perfect time for another one...but I am going to relish in this no diaper phase for a bit longer:)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summertime Stripes

If I could, I would have stripes on at least one wall in every room of my house. But, that may look a little too I have a few pillows and benches that are striped. Yesterday, while browsing Pinterest I was seeing a lot of bathrooms with stripes. I immediately got up and painted stripes on one wall of my bathroom(in two hours). Yes, my name is Summer and I am a painting junkie. I actually love painting so it wasn't a chore for me. My bathroom which is like the size of a bathroom stall at Chili's(that is the first place that came to my mind...I am hungry), but you get the idea, it is small. 

When we first moved in I knew it had to be painted. I chose a color by Valspar called Smoke Infusion. It is a blueish, greenish, grey color. Really pretty, but a bit too dark for the small space. We had to paint the ceiling too as it was to make it easier on us we painted it the same color. I think that darkened the room too. Anyways, needless to say I have never been happy with the results and knew I needed to add some white stripes. So....that is what I did and I wish I would have done it sooner, but it is now complete and I love it!!!!!'s to stripes....everywhere!!! 

Forgot to take a before pic...but here is another wall with the color.

I did have some help!

Ta much brighter and stripey:)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Weigh In Wednesday-July 4th edition

Happy 4th of July everyone! As promised(and on time) here is what is on my mind this Wednesday. My healthier lifestyle change is in full effect! It has been super hard. I am soooo sick of chicken and spinach. I would kill for a cheeseburger right now. Today's festivities are going to be a true test. I will be surrounded by many temptations. I think I might just stay in the pool all day:(.

The thing that keeps me going is that I have lost 7 pounds since last Wednesday!!!! I feel really good too. I am not as tired and my blood pressure is way down. So, think program I am on is six weeks total then you can add back in the gluten and dairy to see how your body reacts. I still have to remember to limit those amounts. After the six weeks my goal is to still not have any processed foods and add only a small amount of sugar into my diet each month. I think the sugar is what is my highest intolerance. 

So, have fun today with your friends and family. Try to make wise food decisions on this holiday. I know it is hard but sooooo worth it. I will leave you with a healthy recipe to enjoy:)

Garlic and Herb Hummus

3 garlic cloves, roasted
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 can (15 oz.) chick peas
½ tsp. paprika
½ tsp. fresh parsley
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ c. sesame tahini
½ c. water
1 tbsp. plus ½ tsp. lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel the garlic and rub with olive oil. Wrap garlic cloves in foil and place in the warm oven for 20–25 minutes or until garlic is soft and slightly roasted. Remove from oven and cool.
Drain and wash chick peas and drain to dry.
In the food processor, add all ingredients and spices. Puree the mixture into a fine paste, no chunks. Remove from processor and turn into a small bowl.
Cover and chill.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 0 Minutes

Enjoy with some fresh veggies:)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Opposites Attract

After reading the title of this blog and you started signing Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract" then you most likely were born in the 80's:) This song talks about how to people in love can be so different. This is a very random post. I often think about how opposite my husband and I are. Although, we may be completely different in our personalities...a lot of our interests are the same. We both love good food and fine dining. We could spend a whole Saturday driving around just looking a homes. We love going to open houses, model homes and going to the beach to see how the "others" live. I have to admit I love going to car shows with The Hubs as well. And....we love to laugh. I am not serious at next to Godliness...funniness was a must as a quality in my husband. So anyways, I was jotting down all the opposites in our personalities and interests. I thought it was pretty funny and really made me realize how well we balance each other here is the list:

#1....The most obvious is...I am shy and he is outgoing:)
#2...I am always cold...he is hot(oh yeah) 
#3...I am a home-body....he likes to go-go-go
#4...I LOVE to shop and spend hours doing so...he shopped for his whole summer wardrobe in 7 minutes(not fair)
#5...I love to watch "mindless" tv as The Hubs calls it and he likes to watch documentaries...booooooring!
#6...I like a big spoon...he likes a small spoon:)
#7...I could live my life with no animals...he would have 10 dogs if he could. 
#8...I could live on the sand and be in the ocean everyday..I love the beach...Scott HATES the beach...unless we are there to cruise or for dinner...but his precious toes are not touching that sand..I know so sad:(.
#9...I am organized...he is well..not.
#10...I am a planner...he is not
#11...He is a go getter.....I am NOT

So, there it is. Even though some of these are pretty major differences...we push each other and encourage each other to do better.  God knew what He was doing when He put us together and I am so thankful. Love you Boo!
Our Engagement pic:) Oh my have I grown...mentally and